Panic! At The Disco Are Back With “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa”

While the two former members of Panic! At The Disco have wandered off into their own indie-leaning duo The Young Veins, the remaining men in the pop-punk band, Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith, are picking things up again. They’re prepping their third album (and their first as a duo), Vices & Virtues, and today we get to hear a new track, “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa.” Jump below to listen.

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Brendon and Spencer contributed the song “New Perspective” to the Jennifer’s Body soundtrack back in 2009, but it’s been some time since we’ve heard a new song. This one is definitely more A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out than their collection of folky Beatles-imitating tunes on Pretty. Odd. (thankfully). Some of the fanciful, dreaminess of Fever is still there, but “Mona Lisa” sounds like it could have really come from any one of the man-boy pop-punk bands in the scene.

The reason Fever was so much fun to listen to was because how experimental and bizarre it really was with its whole Victorian, Old World gentleman vibe coming from a bunch of modern day youngin’s. There’s nothing terribly interesting or noteworthy happening in this song, much like there wasn’t in “New Perspective”, either. We’re hoping they’ve got some tricks under their sleeves for the next few singles.

Vices And Virtues drops March 29, and “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa” will be available for download February 1.

  • wassup

    BRENDON Urie. And Ryan and Jon were not “ousted;” the split was amicable, and best for all involved.

    • Becky Bain

      True on both counts. (I totally know his name is Brendon, too – it’s just been that long since I’ve written – or thought – about them. Eek! Thanks for the heads up.)

  • Sally

    Opinion – Completely disagree…this could so not be played by any ‘man-boy pop-punk’ band, it sounds very unique like panic and i think this single and album will be amazing :D

  • Rapha Pilgrim Shapiro

    They Really Sounds Like Fall Out Boy :(

  • Logan

    It sounds alot like Fallout boy from Take this to your grave :/

  • Ana

    Completely agree. Well, I’m just happy (REALLY happy) they stopped imitating The Beatles and are now closer to the old style.

  • Kara

    No way! I have that album and The Ballad of Mona Lisa sounds nothing like any of the songs on it.

    That said, I’m glad they’re going back to their roots. I fell in love with them because of how quirky they were and I’m so happy they aren’t doing another Beatles type album. I think my heart would’ve been broken forever if they had.

  • Kara

    And that was in reply to Logan.

  • el papou

    C’est superbe..!
    Mona aime bien…..
    Allez, C’est ma tournée…
    el papou
    (sur facebook)

  • Elise

    you should check out the video, it’s pretty amazing.

  • Katie

    The new album is going back to their roots, and I hope their live shows will be as theatrical as the Fever ones. Brendon being Brendon, they probably will, though. I think the album also experiments new sounds and instruments, some of the songs – such as New Perspective – are pop-ier than previous albums, and others like Mona Lisa are very Fever-ish (no pun intended).

    The reason some think they sound a lot like Fall Out Boy is because they are closely linked with them Pete Wentz ‘discovered’ Panic! at the Disco, and signed them on Fueled by Ramen. He and Patrick Stump also help out with some of Panic!’s songs. Brendon has sung with Fall Out Boy before (like on 20 Dollar Nose Bleed) and his and Patrick’s voices sound very similar. Brendon and Spencer have also starred in Fall Out Boy’s ‘A Weekend at Pete Rose’s’. It’s safe to say the two bands are VERY close.

    Regardless, Panic!’s new album was great, and I enjoyed it.